Tuesday, December 06, 2011

MFT December Die-namics Feature and Pep Rally








Now that we've teased and tempted you all week long, it's almost time for you to shop for your favorite Brand Spankin' New products from MFT. But first... it's time for our Die-namics Feature and Pre-Release Pep Rally! Our Design Team has been busy creating jaw-dropping and inspiring projects for you, and we've saved the best for last. We've taken an in-depth look at this month's Die-namics, while re-visiting the amazing sets being released tonight at 10 PM EST RIGHT HERE in the MFT Boutique. And while we are at it, how about we make your life even easier with a "cheat sheet" of all that's new?  Head over to the MFT Blog to print out a shopping list. Here are the details about the upcoming release on December 6 at 10 PM EST:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on December 6th from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on December 6 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • You have just a few more hours to submit your entry for this month's guest designer contest.  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the designers' posts for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on December 6 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Heaven, I'm in Heaven... I've been wanting an MFT alphabet die FOREVER!! OK, so it just seemed like forever :) And now we have one and I'm so excited!! I knew the first thing I wanted to do with it was some Christmas subway art and I LOVE how it turned out!

First of all I made a list of Christmas words and arranged them in a Word Document to get an idea of which ones would fit best together. Then I cut them out with my By the Letters Die-namics (available TONIGHT at 10pm!) dies from card stock and sponged each one with Distress Ink. The frame I wanted to use was 11"x 14". Since it was larger than any card stock I have, I cut a piece of poster board to fit the frame and worked on that. I knew I was going to mat the piece so the poster board wouldn't show. I made pencil marks that would be my "margins" for letter placement and prepped my base card stock (8 1/2 "x 11") by sponging all around the edges with Distress Ink. Then I adhered it to my poster board, centering it within my "margin" marks.


Next I figured out how I would space each line and drew a pencil mark for each line--on each side, again on my poster board. 


To keep my letters straight, I lined up the marks on each side with a ruler and placed the die-cut letters right up against the ruler edge all the way across the sheet. The letters are adhered with liquid glue. When the letters were done, I added some holly leaf and ornament embellishments to fill in the larger spaces between letters, using Christmas Ornament and Upsy Daisy Die-namics dies.


Here it is matted with "designer" mats. I couldn't find mat board the colors I needed so I had three off white mats cut and simply covered two of them with patterned paper to create my own matching mats. This was done out of necessity, but you can bet I'll be doing it again just because they turned out so well!


And here it is framed and hanging on my living room wall :)








Thanks SO much for stopping by! Hope to see you tonight at the release party!

~Supplies~
Stamps: None
Paper: Rustic White (PTI); Sage Shadow, Pretty In Pink, Gold Metallic (SU!); Cosmo Cricket patterned paper
Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); By the Letters, Upsy Daisy, and Christmas Ornament Die-namics dies; bling; liquid glue


29 comments:

  1. Love the alphabet showcase. Wow!

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  2. love this idea! Putting it on a sheet of paper really helps us see the scale of the words and sizes.

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  3. I know this must go perfectly in your living room, too! This turned out amazing, Bar!

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  4. This is so exciting! I love the letters, can't wait til they arrive!

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  5. Wow, Barbara! You went all out! I love your festive holiday project!!! :) I am really impressed (with the way you lined everything up and how well the letters/words fit)!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Crafty hugs,

    Jennifer
    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

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  6. Love the project you did with all the alpha dies....this one is definitely on my shopping list...can't wait for tomorrow!!

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  7. I love your wall art! This turned out so cute! I love how you put the holly and flower in the open spaces! So great!

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  8. What a cool way to use the dienamics! Great project.

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  9. Love it. Set is on wish list. I am already over my budget this time around.

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  10. Love your framed Christmas word art. thanks for the links for this release too.

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  11. simply AMAZING!!!!!! what a beautiful piece of art....fantastic job...and yes the alphabet die is a must have

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  12. Oh this is so sweet, what a fabulous use of the dies! I love new ideas for cardmaking supplies!

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  13. Wow What a wealth of knowledge you have and your work is gorgeous!!! I need to watch some videos since I am quite new to using MFT dies!!!

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  14. What a great idea! I love this!

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  15. Barbara, this is such a fantastic idea!!! Love it! Wonderful colors, too :)

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  16. beautiful accent piece for your home. it's soooo pretty! and I'm in heaven, too.

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  17. this is amazing and such an aweosme idea. i cna see being used for other occassions. love it. love the way you did the mats, what an awesome piece.

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  18. What a sweet project! A great gift or craft room decoration!

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  19. What a great project that could be used for numerous occasions. All the more reason to add the alphabet die to my wish list!

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  20. SO sweet, Barbara! What a great piece of home decor!

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  21. Unbelievable Barbara!! TOTALLY stunning!!

    Crafty Hugs!
    Meredith

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  22. wow Barb, this is an awesome project :)

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  23. Holy AMAZING!!!!!! You've arranged everything so perfectly in this little work of art!!!

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  24. Holy guacamole! THis is SO totally over the top FAB Bar!!

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Thank you for your kind comment--I appreciate every one!